How To Be A Happy Homemaker In 3 (Mostly) Easy Steps: Step 2

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In the previous post in this series we talked about how a good attitude could help you become a happy homemaker.  A very important step, sure, but what about something tangible that you can do to help yourself be a happier homemaker?

The second step to become a happier homemaker is:

Make a list.

Oh, I have lists.  I have cleaning lists, shopping lists, daily to-do lists, weekly to-do lists, blogging ideas lists…. Well, you get the idea.  And I’m sure that I’m not alone.  You have a secret stash of lists too, don’t you?

And while these lists are great in theory, sometimes they lose something when real life hits them.    I’m not telling you to stop making a shopping list.  Definitely not!  Just don’t get so bogged down by your lists that you get frustrated and feel defeated when you don’t cross everything off of them.

There is always going to be something to do.  And I know there are a million-and-one things that you’d like to get done on a daily basis.  In a perfect world we would have a nice, neat list completely crossed off at the end of every day.  But how often does that actually happen?  Never for me!

All that the huge impossible daily list did for me was make me feel like a complete and utter failure.  Every day.  It depressed me and made me just want to give up doing anything since I couldn’t do everything.    So finally I changed the way I did things.  {Note:  If the huge list works for you then disregard this post and keep rolling with it!  Do whatever works for you!}

Now what I do is first thing each morning (or the night before if I have time) is sit down and write a smaller, more manageable list of things to do that day.  There are a few tools I use to make that list:

1) Check your calendar.
I have one of those huge monthly desk calendars that hangs on the wall right beside my computer.  I write down everything on it — appointments, parties, birthdays, anniversaries, my menu plans, how much exercise I get each day, and everything else.  I know at a glance what needs to be done that day and write my daily list accordingly.   {Note: If you don’t have a calendar where you write down each family member’s activities and the like, please do yourself a favor and start one.  It doesn’t matter what kind you use and long as you use it.}

2) Check your menu.
I usually check mine a few days in advance as well.  I want to make sure there’s nothing I need to take out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge for a day or two.  I especially check my menu if it’s shopping day.  There is nothing worse than realizing half way through cooking supper that you don’t have an item that you need.  Also, if you can do some prep work for supper earlier in the day — say, during nap times — it’s easier than trying to do everything later when the kids are whining, you’re busy and supper gets burned.  {Note: If you don’t have a weekly or monthly meal plan, please do yourself a favor and try it.  It’s soooo much better than trying to figure out the night of what you’re going to cook for supper.}

3) Check your weekly cleaning routine.
I enjoy knowing that Saturday is the day I wash sheets.  That Friday is reserved for the master suite (bedroom, bathroom and closet) and Wednesday is dusting and vacuuming day.  I like having a routine.  It keeps me from going in circles trying to remember when the last time I washed the towels.  I jot down a few things on my daily to-do list that I know need to be done in order for my house to run more smoothly.

4) Limit the number of things you put on your daily list.
It’s too easy to just write down everything you want to do.  Write down only what has to be done.  Keep it short and simple.  And if you finish everything on your list with time to spare then dance a little jig and either catch up on something else or take a break and relax.  Or both.

There are blogs all over the interwebs who have come up with a daily to-do list printables.  Search for one you like, make your own, or just jot down your list on a piece of scrap paper.  It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you’ll use it.

A to-do list is all well and good, but how will it make you a happier homemaker?

Simply put, it helps bring order, organization and routine — and maybe a bit of control — to your life.  If you’re swirling around in chaos and have days that go by without any accomplishments, it doesn’t really make you feel good about yourself.  You suffer, and therefore your family suffers as well.  But if you go into your day with a plan it will make you a more productive, happier person for it.  That does not mean you will always mark everything off of your list, even the smaller and more essential list.  But I know I always get a lot more done if I have a plan.

And that makes me happy.

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Here, here, here and here are a few links to some daily to-do lists that I have found helpful.  There are tons out in the blogosphere so if none of these float your boat keep looking or create your own.  Have fun with it!

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~~ Join me next week for Step 3 on How To Be A Happy Homemaker. ~~

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3 responses »

  1. “Simply put, it helps bring order, organization and routine — and maybe a bit of control — to your life. If you’re swirling around in chaos and have days that go by without any accomplishments, it doesn’t really make you feel good about yourself. You suffer, and therefore your family suffers as well. But if you go into your day with a plan it will make you a more productive, happier person for it. That does not mean you will always mark everything off of your list, even the smaller and more essential list. But I know I always get a lot more done if I have a plan.

    And that makes me happy.” This is excellent advice! I’m a long and detailed list maker but I read somewhere to make a list with just the 6 most important things that must be accomplished. I’ve actually been getting my list done that way, and before I was just upset because it seemed neverending. Great post; thanks!

  2. Pingback: How To Be A Happy Homemaker In 3 (Mostly) Easy Steps: Step 1 | Happily A Homemaker

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